Hello, Texas Baptists! Many of you will remember several years ago, at University Baptist Church in Waco, a wonderful young Texas Baptist pastor, Kyle Lake, was electrocuted during a Sunday morning baptism. He was a friend! His parents, David and Shirley Lake of Tyler and First Baptist Church, as well as the rest of his family, formed the Kyle Lake Foundation to provide, among many other endeavors, defibrillators for churches. One of their primary fundraisers is a golf tournament. I am happy to report your Baptist General Convention of Texas team played in the Waco tournament Oct. 4, had a great time and actually did pretty well.
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor President Randy O’Rear and Baylor University President Ken Starr, along with other representatives from these BGCT institutions, plus students and alumni. Please make a visit to Independence, the old church, your BGCT museum and the old grounds of these schools. You will not be disappointed. And I recommend the Ant Street Inn in Brenham.I was honored to preach at Independence Baptist Church, where Phil Hassell is pastor. Following the worship service, Kathleen and I were privileged to participate in the dedication ceremony for the newly restored columns at Old Baylor at Independence with
Kathleen and I also so enjoyed being a part of the Baptist Retirees’ Retreat in Kerrville at The Inn of the Hills. Thanks to Richard Faling and the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation for planning such a great event. If you are retired, please consider joining us next year. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I had the delight of preaching in chapel at the South Texas School of Christian Studies in Corpus Christi. Tony Celelli is the president, and they also have a campus in McAllen that is being renovated by the Texas Baptist Retiree Builders.
Finally, I was so blessed by sharing about our BGCT work with First Baptist Church of West, where John Crowder serves as pastor. His house was destroyed in the April explosion, but through it all, he has continued to serve the church and community well.
David Hardage is executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board.